From time to time, I like to check out what my gear is able to do. A few days ago, a full moon had risen just above the buildings in my neighborhood. I wanted to try if I could get a good shot of it, expecting to have to use a tripod. But that wasn’t even necessary: With my EF 70-200mm f4.0, I could shoot the moon right out of the hand. Heck, my first exposures even were way too bright, showing no detail on the moon’s surface.
Details: Canon EOS 7D, EF 70-200mm f4.0, 200mm, f7.1, ISO 640, 1/1600
Admittedly, I had never expected to get a quite decent shot of the moon handheld and with a quite low ISO like 640 – at 1/1600 of a second. The only issue is, that a focal length of 200mm even on a crop-sensor body like the 7D is a bit too short. The photo above is already cropped to about half of its size, so for a full picture of the moon, one should probably go for 400mm or even more. But with my available gear, I am more than happy with the result.
Besides trying to go for the moon, I am currently playing around with my 50mm again. After some more testing rounds, I will write about that special lens soon, too.